tattoos date back to about 3000 B.C. Marks found on a mummified human
body dating that old, have tattoos. Tattoos have also been found on
Egyptian and Nubian mummies that date back to about 2000 B.C. M any
references can also be found in books from classical authors referring
to t he Greeks, Germans and Gauls.
tattooing when they encountered Polynesians and American Indians during
some exploration. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word “tattau”
which means “to mark”. European and U.S.
The reason for tattooing
has changed over th e years and across various cultures. In the early
practice of tattooing, it was primarily f or decoration. This ancient
practice still holds true today for most people. Early Romans used
tattoos for identification. They would tattoo slaves and criminals so t
hat everyone would know their status. Tahitian tattoos were rites of
passage and told to story a societies considered tatto os very exotic so
many tattooed Indians and Polynesians drew a crowd at the circus and
fairs during the 18th and 19th centuries.nd history of the person’s
life. In the early days of the U.S. when sailors would travel to foreign
lands, they would collect tattoos as souvenirs of their travels and
experiences. Methods of tattooing varied across cultures and time as
well. Many Indians in North and South America created tattoos simply by
pricking. Some tribes in California then began to introduce scratches
when introducing color. In Polynesia, pigment was pricked into the skin
by using a small tool that resembled a rake. In New Zealand, the Maori
people used wood carving techniques using a bone-cutting tool to make
shallow, colored grooves in the skin. When the Euro peans arrived, they
be gan to use metal, taking a small step toward the puncture style of
tattooing we see today. How to care tattoo ?
The first thing
to remember about your tattoo is that this is a lifetime investment! Do
not rely on information from friends about the care of your new tattoo.
The artist will provide you with the proper care for the tattoo.
if your tattoo has been bandaged , leave it on for approximately two
hours. Then, wash it gently with luke-warm water using antibacterial
soap. Pat it dry, do not rub. This washin g should occur three to four
times a day.
Do no apply another bandage to the tattoo. Allow it
to be exposed to air. This will help the healing process. Also, try to
avoid tightly fitted clothing. Clean, loose clothing will be the best. After
washing, apply very thing coasts of Bac itracin or A&D Ointment and
work it into the skin. Do not over apply. Apply just enough so t hat
the tattoo appears shiny. If you can see the ointment on your s kin, you
are using too much. Do not soak the tattoo in water or let the
shower directly spray hard onto it. Also , avoid swimming pools, the
ocean, hot tubs or any other source of water, aside from the shower,
until the tattoo is healed. Also avoid getting the new tattoo sunburned
until it is healed. All of these can fade the tattoo and hinder the
healing process. When the ta ttoo begins the healing process, do not directly scratch the tattoo. Itching means healing
and a little bit of alcohol will relieve the itch. Also, do not pick th
e scabs that may form. Let them fall off gradually. This will us ually
happen in one to three weeks. If swelling or redness occurs, you can
use ice packs to help the swelling go down.Most importantly, notif y a
doctor if you have even the slightest sign of infection. The healing
process can be as little as one week or as long as six weeks or more
depending on the size and complexity of your particular design.